Where is Chico, California

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Founded in 1860, Chico is the most populous city in Butte County in northern Sacramento Valley in California. The 'City of Roses' lies on the foothills of the Cascade Range and the Sierra Nevada range.
Location: Chico Latitude: 39.44N Longitude: 121.50W

Where is Chico, California


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Facts About Chico, CA

City Name Chico
ContinentNorth America
CountryUnited State (USA)
Capital and largest cityNA
Area33.095 sq mi (85.716 km2)
Population86,187 (April 1, 2010)
Lat Long39°44′24″N 121°50′8″W
Official LanguageEnglish
Calling Code00 1 530 X
Time ZonePacific (UTC−8) Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
AirportChico Municipal Airport
Neighbour StateOregon, Nevada, Arizona, Baja California
Internet TLD 
CurrencyUnited State Dollar (USD)

Getting in and Around

The city lies about 90 miles north of the capital of California – Sacramento.

  1. By Air – Sacramento International Airport (SMF), a major hub of Southwest Airlines, is the nearest major airport.

  2. By Train – Chico Station in the South Campus neighborhood is daily served by Amtrak's Coast Starlight.

  3. By Road – While Interstate 5 (I-5) traverses east of the city limits, and California State Route 99 and 32 intersect in downtown.

Best Time to Visit

Since temperatures over 100 degree Fahrenheit are common occurrence in summer, it is best to visit Chico in relatively mild winter. If you're looking to attend events, it is a place to discover year round.

What's in Chico

California State University campus in Chico houses eclectic eateries and casual hang-outs. The Bidwell Mansion, which is now turned into a museum, chronicles the lives of city's founders – John Bidwell and Annie Bidwell. National Yo-Yo Museum features world's largest public display of yo-yo memorabilia. Chico Air Museum preserves the romance of flight and aviation history.

Built in Victorian-style, the Stansbury Home and the Gateway Science Museum are also popular tourist attractions in Chico. Everything from stylish boutiques, specialty stores, and event venues is within few blocks of oak-shaded downtown. The vibrant Thursday Night Market on Broadway features a bounty of food trucks, local arts and crafts, and live entertainment. The city's signature events, such as Friday Night Concerts and Slice of Chico, take place at the City Plaza.

The campuses of Chico State and Butte College host some wonderful sporting events year round. The Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States, tempts bikers and hikers to explore its trails. Its swimming holes are a popular haunt in the balmy summer evenings. Hooker Oak Park is among the city's oldest landmarks.

Last Updated on: May 04, 2016